photo of La
Rosa de Las Barras is courtesy of TripAdvisor
A wonderful group of petroglyphs called Las Labradas is on
a beach near the Barras de Piaxtla. The petroglyphs or rock paintings are the voices of ancient testimonies,
of hundreds of years of mythological traditions made by the ancient peoples of the American continent. They are beautiful
abstract and symbolic expressions for the continent’s new inhabitants.
The petroglyphs are associated with the supernatural. They were an important way to
communicate with the gods, and were made within a specific context of rituals and ceremonies, in which, generally, people
asked for rain, a good harvest, a good hunting season, etc.
The state of Sinaloa has a great deal of archaeological sites of great cultural
importance for both professional and casual interest. Either way, one can satisfy his or her curiosity in front of thousand-year-old
human works that are located in beautiful beach and mountain environs.
|Exploring the Labradas
and specialists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History of the Mexican government have registered a total
of 50 places in the state of Sinaloa alone. These sites feature cave paintings and stone carvings and in the future archeological
investigation will be able to work out more and better explanations of these stories told in stone. This would indubitably
shed more light on the type of men who carved them and show what use this knowledge could mean to us and to future generations.
Las Labradas, of Toltec origin, are the oldest artistic expressions in the north of
the country. They were carved with sharp and solid rocks, and it is surprising to see that most of them are in good condition,
in spite of being next to the sea.
The Toltecs – the ancient settlers of this part of the country – made
long hunting trips and were always led by a religious leader, who was the protector of tradition, the artist that maintained
the social equilibrium, and the one who carved on rocks what he saw in his dreams and visions, oftentimes caused by the use
of hallucinogenic plants.
Historians agree that these
petroglyphs and those from Piaxtla were made 1,000 to 1,500 years ago.